Dion Dennis (BSU): The Politics of American God-Talk, 2010-2012: Government as Sacrament, Government as Sacrilege. Evan Lazerowitz (Georgetown): Caught between Two Worlds: Sephardic Jews and Their Relations with Latinos. The first chapter from Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church by Timothy Matovina. Why are American politicians always switching religions? From Catapult, Larry Edward Kamphausen on government and the imitation of Christ; and God, politics and wisdom: How rulers and subjects conduct themselves politically under whatever system of government they find themselves. The increasingly fraught position of American Muslims: In politics and cultural controversies, the religious minority group is increasingly and unjustly vilified. Are evangelicals a national security threat? A new poll suggests that American Christians (unlike Muslims) are likely to put their faith before their country. More on Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Rule of Lord: The Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy. The first chapter from Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland by Robert Wuthnow. A review of A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been by Michael Brown. John Mark Reynolds on why Christians favor small government, and on what evangelicals mean when they say they hear God’s voice. Adam Lee on how we all pay for the huge tax privileges granted to religion — it's time to tax churches. A review of The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good by Marcia Pally. A review of Exiting a Dead End Road: A GPS for Christians in Public Discourse. From Newtopia, is America evolving a new religion? David Sehat on five myths about church and state in America. A review of Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between by Jeff Sharlet.


From Portal, a special issue on Health and Borders Across Time and Cultures: China, India and the Indian Ocean Region. From Outlook India, Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen on putting growth in its place: It has to be but a means to development, not an end in itself. From China Left Review, a special issue on historical legacies, global financial crisis, and China’s working class movement. "Burma Rebooted" is a three-part series that looks at the startling reversal of Burma's repression and isolation. Golden jubilee: On the 50th anniversary of India’s annexation of Goa, a few existential anxieties still preoccupy the locals. The island nation has a split personality: Iftikhar Gilani on how Sri Lanka’s refusal to address the Tamil concern is bad politics. Fugitives from honor killings: Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann go inside a Pakistani shelter that protects women who ran away from home to escape being murdered by their families. A review of The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India by Ashwini Deshpande. Gavin McInnes on 10 unbelievable things the Chinese believe. Tailspin: Praveen Donthi on Praful Patel and the fall of Air India. Martin W. Lewis on dams and the ignored ethnic conflict of northern Burma. Why China fails at football: The telling reasons why, at least in football, China is unlikely to rule the world in the near future. The price of oranges: Journalist Jason Burke reflects on his encounters with Benazir Bhutto, and on the interconnected nature of food and politics in Pakistan. The kiss that rocked Bhutan: Have Bhutan's royal newlyweds just started a new kissing trend? A review of The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers by Gordon Weiss. Was Emperor Wang Mang China’s first socialist? The grooming of Rahul Gandhi: Is the untested scion of the Gandhi dynasty ready to rule the world’s largest democracy?


A new issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics is out. Huimin Yang (DAI): On the Soft Power of Sci-tech Culture and Paths to Improve It. I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Rethinking Sperm-Donor Anonymity: Of Changed Selves, Non-Identity, and One-Night Stands. Gerald L. Bruns on his book On Ceasing to Be Human. Laurie Fendrich on the top 10 reasons we’re angry at the poor. From Vanity Fair, joining the Winklevoss twins on an impromptu road trip to Mexico, Dana Vachon learns what is still driving their pursuit of Zuckerberg (it’s about justice — no, money — no, vindication), and discovers that some guys really, really, really don’t like to lose. A review of Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis. Adam Penenberg on 10 of the best Amazon reviews ever. In recent years British models have reappeared on the catwalk wearing real fur, though it is unlikely to ever regain the mass appeal it once had; Carol Dyhouse looks back to a time when female glamour was defined by a mink coat. A review of Is God Fair? What About Gandhi? by Michael Riley and James William. Laurie Abraham on what Sweden knows about orgasms. Do people have a moral obligation to be research subjects? Bill Gleason wonders. From Lapham's Quarterly, quack-prophet: A profile of Nostradamus. The importance of being funny: Jake Martin on why sitcoms matter. An interview with Life Inc. author and media ecologist Douglas Rushkoff on how to unincorporate, and better occupy, our lives. Gay-basher Bryan Fischer is famous for his bigotry — what’s less known is how "mainstream" Idahoans jump-started his career. After this summer’s riots in England, crowd behaviour got a kicking — Ian Leslie argues that it was undeserved. A look at the 4 kinds of people (and what you can learn from them).


Jim Twombly (Elmira): Gender and Geography: Does Proximity Play a Role in Women’s Decisions to Run for Office? The inaugural issue of Religion and Gender is out, including Margaret Kamitsuka (Oberlin): Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion in the U.S.; Paul Reid-Bowen (Bath Spa): Vital New Matters: The Speculative Turn in the Study of Religion and Gender; and Claudia Schippert (Central Florida): Implications of Queer Theory for the Study of Religion and Gender: Entering the Third Decade. From The Economist, a special report on women and work: Women have made huge progress in the workplace, but still get lower pay and far fewer top jobs than men. As many pairs of shoes as she likes: Jenny Turner on feminism. Forty years ago, Ms. — a magazine for women, published by women — launched as an insert in New York; Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Cathie Black, Nora Ephron, and many others tell the story of a magazine and a moment (and more). Diana Hsieh and Ari Armstrong on how the assault on abortion rights undermines all our liberties. Technical aptitude: Do women score lower because they just aren't interested? A review of The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work by Miliann Kang. From Lula to Rookie to the definitive Girl Crush Zine, the opposite of "girl hate" is more celebrated than ever, and still needed. The feminist case against single-sex schools: No, the studies don’t show that girls’ schools are better for girls — but they’re sure great at perpetuating sexist attitudes. Strange correlation: Women driving leads to pre-marital sex.


PPP: Jeremy Waldron (NYU): How Law Protects Dignity. Mark Graber (Maryland): Constitutional Democracy, Human Dignity, and Entrenched Evil. Jacob T. Levy (McGill): The Right to Be Dignified, or the Dignity of Liberty. Antonio Argandona (Navarra): The Common Good. Davide Cadeddu (Milan): Philosophy and Politics: The Dialogue between Campagnolo and Bobbio. Eric Allen Engle (Bremen): Karl Marx’s Intellectual Roots in John Locke. Funda Gencoglu-Onbasi (Baskent): Democracy, Pluralism and the Idea of Public Reason: Rawls and Habermas in Comparative Perspective. From The Art of Theory, an interview with Quentin Skinner on meaning and method (and part 2). Conservative, reactionary or moderate revolutionist? Carolina Armenteros on Joseph de Maistre in the light of history. A review of The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte by Isaac Nakhimovsky. A review of Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France since the Eighteenth Century by Jeremy Jennings. An interview with Fabienne Peter, author of Democratic Legitimacy. The de-politicization of politics: The challenge for a liberal democracy is to remain as such, argues Charles Taylor. Here is The Immanent Frame's complete blog series on Political Theology by Paul W. Kahn. Is there a difference between barroom conversation and philosophy, and what does Lincoln's Gettysburg Address tell us about social justice? An interview with Joshua Cohen. An interview with Robert Audi, author of Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State. From the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, here are the entries on capabilities, citizenship, and Isaiah Berlin and global justice and politics by Thom Brooks and on dirty hands by Charles Blattberg. An interview with George Kateb, pathologist of politics.


Samuel Moyn (Columbia): From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics. The end of cheap coffee: Why the diner staple is about to become a luxury. A review of Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire, and Freedom by Anthony Bogues. The sea causes some of our worst natural disasters — and the sea doesn't want us to forget it. John Quiggin on the erosion of the EU. How much do individuals matter in politics? Joshua Tucker on Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel. The geography of poverty: Carl Lee and Danny Dorling examine the reality of life in a society which surrounds those in poverty with commodities they can never afford to own. In recent times some have suggested that we have witnessed the rise of the "precariat" — Esme Choonara disagrees. An interview with Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst. From Ducts, all this happened, more or less. Why euphemism is integral to modern warfare: The arms trade relies on business-speak and foggy language. An interview with Peter Carruthers, author of The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge. A book salon on The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses by Paul Koudounaris (and more). Studies of plant perception help us understand what it means to be a plant, of course, but also what it means to be us. Patent trolls may have bled companies for half a trillion dollars in the past two decades, a new study finds — here’s how all that money disappeared. Julia Galef on how rationality can make your life more awesome. Libertarian economist Daniel B. Klein retracts a swipe at the left — after discovering that our political leanings leave us more biased than we think. The introduction to Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire, 1815-1914 by Davide Rodogno.


Gary Lucas, Jr. (Texas Wesleyan): Saving Smokers from Themselves: The Paternalistic Use of Cigarette Taxes. From NYRB, Jerome Groppman reviews The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700 by Robert Floud, Robert W. Fogel, Bernard Harris, and Sok Chul Hong (and more); and Arnold Relman on how doctors could rescue health care. The quiet health-care revolution: How a company’s mix of high-tech (wireless scales) and low-tech (regular toenail-clipping) strategies is transforming health care. Do you like comic books with CBO scores, two-headed alligators and health economist superheroes? Then has Jonathan Gruber got a graphic novel for you. A review of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. A review of Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform by Paul Starr (and more). Barbara J King on why the paleo-diet is not the way to a healthy future. On be(com)ing a good doctor: A review of My Imaginary Illness: A Journey into Uncertainty and Prejudice in Medical Diagnosis by Chloe G.K. Atkins and Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care by Augustus White and David Chanoff. Health is a social construct: How do we determine that readings from modern medical equipment like EMGs, MRIs, and C-T Scans have something important to tell us about our health? Nicholas Jackson introduces The Atlantic's Health Channel. A drug that wakes the near dead: A surprising drug has brought a kind of consciousness to patients once considered vegetative — and changed the debate over pulling the plug. The anti-mouse: Could a hairless African rodent be our secret weapon in the war on cancer?


Evan Lazerowitz (Georgetown): The Rapid Fall of an Empire: How Hernan Cortes and His Small Band of Brothers Felled a Mighty Empire. Dante Figueroa (American): Twenty-One Theses on the Legal Legacy of the French Revolution in Latin America. Karen E. Bravo (Indiana): Challenges to Caribbean Economic Sovereignty in a Globalizing World. Ludovic Hennebel (ULB): The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Ambassador of Universalism. Catherine J. Iorns Magallanes (Victoria): Indigenous Political Representation: Latin America and International Human Rights Law. From DRB, Tom Hennigan on Peronism and the decline of Argentina. Nicholas Fromherz on the rise and fall of Bolivia's Evo Morales: How South America's first indigenous president lost his way. A review of Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848 by Alexandra Delano. Narco Economics: A new study that could help Mexico win its war on drug traffickers. Cuba wants the 50-year-old U.S. economic blockade to be lifted, but its immediate priority is securing the release of the “Cuban Five”. Country for Old Men: Dissident Yoani Sanchez reports from the ruins of the daddy state, where Papa Fidel is now just the patient-in-chief. Bigger than Coelho: Brazil’s star preacher Marcelo Rossi is the country’s new best-selling author of fuzzy, feel-good spirituality. Once the world's largest Catholic nation, Brazil sees its people leave the fold. Where are Latin America’s terrorists? Richard Weitz wonders. Poverty in Latin America is at its lowest level in 20 years— not bad. In North v. South, South wins this time: A new regional bloc has Latin America looking inward. US courts Latin America: Now that Iraq and Afghanistan are over, it's back to business in Latin America.


Eoin Carolan (UCD): Postcards from the Economic Abyss: What Ireland and Iceland Can Teach Us About Tea Parties, Big Societies and Small Government. Rick Perry has three strikes against him: Pay-to-play cronyism; roughshod, right-wing politics; and oops, read on. Why some people say "sorry" before others: Certain character traits influence people's willingness to apologize. Who’s winning the abortion war? A year of GOP overreaching has created surprising pro-choice victories — but now the real battle is on its way. When you’ve long been identified as a “literary type,” how can it be that receiving books as get-well gifts leaves you feeling empty, angry, and determined to chug YouTube straight? A review of Books: A Living History by Maria Popova. Unmasking the myths of anti-multiculturalism: If society depicts immigration and immigrants as worthless and useless for the economy, these enemy images will lead to a hostile attitude towards all newcomers. Correlation or Causation: Need to prove something you already believe? Statistics are easy — all you need are two graphs and a leading question. Freakonomics, what went wrong? Examination of a very popular popular-statistics series reveals avoidable errors. Obama’s intellectuals: Is it possible that the people who run the Obama administration aren’t as smart as we’ve been led to believe? No sooner does disaster strike than the gloating begins; Scott McLemee interviews a scholar who tracks online trolls. David Warsh on how business schools got to be the way they are. Occupy goes to Washington, finding politics is complicated. From Butterflies and Wheels, Andrew J Taggart on public philosophy and our spiritual predicament. An interview with Robert Trivers, author of The Folly of Fools.


Stan J. Liebowitz and Alejandro Zentner (UT-Dallas): The Internet as a Celestial TiVo. A. Michael Froomkin (Miami): Lessons Learned Too Well. From Triple C: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation, a special issue on a New Science of Information. From Popular Science, a special series on The Data Age, including an interview with Stephen Wolfram on the power and challenge of Big Data. More than just digital quilting: The “maker” movement could change how science is taught and boost innovation — it may even herald a new industrial revolution. Keith Devlin on the first personal computing revolution. Information explosion: Lee Hutchinson on how rapidly expanding storage spurs innovation. The first chapter from Number-Crunching: Taming Unruly Computational Problems from Mathematical Physics to Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin. Marc Andreessen on why software is eating the world. Michael Raymond del Castillo is writing profiles about this group of entrepreneurs who are looking to change the world through accelerating technology team projects, including Matternet and Primerlife. Trendspotting: Darrel Ince on the future of the computer. Tech is invented globally but adopted one country at a time: Few countries will be able to embrace 16 emerging technologies this decade. A review of Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work by Anne Balsamo. A review of The Techno-Human Condition by Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz. Robert Evans on 5 tiny computer glitches that caused huge disasters. Does technology evolve? Ryan Kapsar investigates (and part 2). Who controls the Internet and mobile technology? Matthew C. Nisbet on the hidden forces that define our choices. A look at the 5 most mind-blowingly huge machines built by science.

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